Flannel Friday: Get Up & Groove (Toddler/Preschool Storytime)

ff dance

I was so excited when I saw the Summer Reading theme for this week’s Flannel Friday!  We actually just did a healthy movin’ and groovin’ storytime to go along with this year’s One Book for Colorado, Giraffes Can’t Dance.  It was super fun and I’m so excited to share the whole plan with you- hopefully it will come in handy soon!  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great resources by hopping over to Lisa’s Library Land, our gracious host for the week.

Here’s the books we read this time (our favorites being the biggest):

And here’s the nitty gritty!

Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Traditional
  • Shake My Sillies Out- Raffi

Letter of the Week: M

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up,

Dance your fingers down.

Dance them to the side,

Dance them all around!

Dance them on your shoulders,

Dance them on your head.

Dance them on your tummy.

Now put them all to bed!


Credit: Storytime Katie

Book #1: Dance with Me by Charles R Smith Jr.

The kiddos really seemed to like the actions in this book.  This could be read standing up or sitting down!

Transition: My Thumbs are Starting to Wiggle (to the tune of The Bear Went Over the Mountain)

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

My thumbs are starting to wiggle-

And now so are my hands!

(repeat with hands, arms, toes, body)


Credit: Jbrary

Action Song: Silly Dance Competition (Jim Gill)

Transition: Can You Jump Jump Jump?

Can you jump jump jump?

Can you hop hop hop?

Can you clap clap clap?

Can you stomp stomp stomp?

Can you nod your head yes?

Can you shake your head now?

And can you sit down very slow?


Credit: adapted from 1234 More Storytimes

Book #2: Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

This was a great book to sit down for a minute and catch our breath.  Plus it’s cute and it went with our flannel!

Flannel: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

5 green speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs

Sitting on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs – YUM YUM!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool.

Now there’s 4 green and speckled frogs.

(repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1)


Credit: Traditional

Pattern: Click here (also in plan)

Book #3: Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Our favorite book by far!  This was so much fun.  The kids loved guessing which animals were dancing next and acting out the stompity/tippity/flappity/creepity feet.  It was a perfect way to end storytime!

Craft: Rainbow Ribbons

craft stick ribbon dancer

For the craft we made craft stick ribbon dancers similar to the one above from Sunflower Storytime.  The kids had lots of fun dancing with their sticks to the “Rainbow Dancers Let’s Get Ready” song, which I have on a CD and whose artist escapes me at the moment.

For preschoolers, we ended by reading Giraffes Can’t Dance and telling parents about One Book for Colorado.  Then kiddos could take their picture with their book and Gerald!


There were so many great books and songs to choose from, I wish we could have read and sung and danced them all!  (Oh well, there’s always next year, right?)  You can check out all the resources I gathered by clicking on the master plan below:

dance spreadsheet

Have a great weekend everyone!


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